• Pam Beidle

State Response to Covid-19

I have been closely monitoring this situation with my colleagues in the County and State Department of Health and several measures have been announced to slow the spread of Covid-19.

You can keep up to date with reliable information at coronavirus.gov and on the Maryland Department of Health Website - health.maryland.gov/coronavirus

The General Assembly will move forward with our Constitutional obligations to pass a balanced budget and we will work all weekend to pass essential legislation.

If you need to contact my office for a constituent or legislative issue, my staff will be teleworking and available by email at pamela.beidle@senate.state.md.us. We will also be monitoring the office voicemail periodically so if you cannot email us, you can call the office at 410-841-3593 and leave a voicemail and we will respond as soon as possible.

The Governor and state agencies are taking steps to curb the spread of COVID-19. Those actions include:

1 - Public schools will close for two weeks beginning on Monday (3/16).

2 - Canceling all events of more than 250 people.

3 - All non-essential state workers will work from home.

4 - The National Guard has been activated.

Senate President Ferguson and Speaker Jones announced a number of steps that the Maryland General Assembly is taking in the same effort.

Effective immediately for the Maryland General Assembly:

1 - The State House Trust voted to close the State House to public access and only allow those persons with a State issued badge into the building. This includes a cancellation of all scheduled tours and outside visitors.

2 - Only people with a State-issued credential will be permitted in the House and Senate Office buildings, as well as Legislative Services. Members of the public will not be permitted within the Legislative Complex.

3 - A mandatory telework policy for all non-essential personnel is in effect. The vast majority of staff will be working from home, meaning that office and committee operations will function differently for the foreseeable future. If you are trying to reach your representative, please email versus call for the fastest reply.In order to fulfill our Constitutional duties and protect the health and safety of all Marylanders, we need to be sure that the Governor has the resources necessary to maintain public health during this extraordinary time.

The good news is that this is not permanent. The more proactive measures we take now, the better Maryland will fare over the weeks to come.

Stay safe and wash your hands,

Pamela Beidle                                                                                   

State Senator      

District 32

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